"No one will postpone anything, because these are the relevant documents, all approved and even (the possibility of postponing – INTERFAX) is not considered anywhere", he said.
As reported, before the introduction of finished dairy products into the system of electronic veterinary certification there were again proposals to postpone the deadline, which was due to the unpreparedness of the system to work with a large range of finished products.
Opponents of the "Mercury" (the system of veterinary certification of livestock products) also talked about the fact that this will lead to disruption of trade and higher prices for dairy products. But earlier the Rosselkhoznadzor said that "Mercury" is completely ready for issuing electronic documents on dairy products. This work will start on July 1, 2019 for cheese, butter and canned milk. A temporary exception will affect drinking milk, fermented dairy products and ice cream - for these products veterinary certificates will be issued since November 1, 2019.
As explained by the Rosselkhoznadzor, the spread of electronic veterinary certification for finished products is dictated by the need to create a system for tracking the entire list of livestock products "from field to counter" in the Russian Federation. Currently, a number of finished livestock products are not subject to veterinary certification, which makes it impossible to monitor the entire chain of production and sale of products in circulation. Of particular concern in this regard are the finished dairy products, for which veterinary certificates - documents confirming its compliance with the requirements of the legislation are not issued yet, note in the Department.
According to experts, Russia annually produces about 5.5 million tons of processed drinking milk, 3.5 million tons of fermented dairy products and 400 thousand tons of ice cream. According to the Rosselkhoznadzor, in 2018 21.6% of the total amount of studied dairy products was found to be falsified. Thus, every fifth dairy product on the Russian counter may not meet the quality criteria.
The Rosselkhoznadzor has been promoting electronic veterinary certification for livestock products since 2015. Initially, it was assumed that “Mercury” would include all livestock products, including finished products of processing industries. This mechanism was supposed to start working since January 1, 2018. The Rosselkhoznadzor associated its introduction with the need to remove falsified products (most of which were found in the dairy sector) from the market, as well as to establish the process of traceability of products "from farm to counter".
From the very beginning, representatives of the processing, primarily dairy industry were against electronic veterinary certification. As a result, it was decided to postpone the introduction of electronic veterinary certification to July 1, 2018. But this confrontation of "Mercury" with processors is not over. They continued to insist that the system will not be able to work with a huge range of products. As a result, the deadline was postponed to July 1, 2019.